Costume designer Jany Temime is well known for switching the Hogwarts uniforms up in the Harry Potter films. What you might not know, however, is that Temime had an unlikely inspiration when it came to giving the school robes a makeover!
When People’s Choice caught up with Temime to discuss her partnership with Prismacolor and the time she spent on the Potter films, the costume designer revealed that Mickey Mouse served as her inspiration for revamping the Hogwarts student robes of Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione (Emma Watson), Ron (Rupert Grint), and more in Prisoner of Azkaban.
“I wanted something which was much more glamorous, because I thought that those robes should be glamorous, and they should look like little wizards. That’s why I put the hood on the back,” Temime told People’s Choice. “I had always had in my mind that costume with Mickey Mouse. The French call it the little magician. You have Mickey Mouse in his magical cloak, and that was my inspiration actually for the uniform, and that’s why I put a hood on those [robes].”
Prior to Temime taking over costume design duties with Prisoner of Azkaban, the student robes were all black save for a patch indicating the house each student was in.
In contrast, Temime’s versions, which made their grand debut in 2004, add a flash of color by lining the robes with silk dye that correlate to each student’s Hogwarts house.
“I put some colors inside the [robes] because I wanted for you to define from very far away who was a Gryffindor, who was a Hufflepuff, who was a Slytherin,” explained Temime. “That was also a part of [the student’s] identity, and that selection in the school was extremely essential to the story.”
Temime, who has partnered with Prismacolor to promote their products for professional artists, revealed that she often looks to color for inspiration when it comes to creating her designs.
“I’m so inspired by color and I always do the first sketch of costume with pencil because I think it’s a much quicker and organic process,” said Temime of working with Prismacolor pencils to create her designs.
With that in mind, it’s not hard to see why she was so adamant about incorporating color into the Hogwarts student robes when she chose to redesign them.